Thanks for the recap! By far the best complete show they've played thus far since it rocked and had the feeling all throughout (unlike much of Santa Clara first sets). Right before Mason's Children Phil basically said, "I'll start it and you guys jump in." It was kind of adorable when Trey said,"sorry" after the Help vocal flub.
When they started Playin I wondered if they were going to do a 15+ minute stand alone version with Reprise to end the (what would have been short)...
What a beautiful day here, and thankfully what a beautiful day in Chicago. I admit, I am pretty pumped up. For ol' time kicks I've felt that certain anticipation found right before a show.
Wonderful slide show, with a few pics I've never seen before. The final one of Bobby and Jerry circa '72 walking through The Tuileries Garden was just about perfect. The film that followed not so much. Hey any director in any medium, the swirly, trippy bits are beyond derivative. Move on. The film was...
27. 6/14/84 – Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison, CO
a. Iko, Iko* – Interesting start, sounds like each instrument came in one at a time. Opening sequence sounded like Jerry and Bobby were accompanied by a charismo player. Probably just an issue with the sound. Keys are too jangly. Cymbals are in the very front left of the mix and almost dominant. Phil is lurking around in the background. Middle jam was upbeat and fun if...
This amazing audience recording is begging to be merged with the good quality soundboard which can use a touch more depth. As for the show, any show that starts out with Playing-Crazy Fingers has to be good (see MSG the next week)! Throw in a great Let it Grow, the best Day Job I've heard and a fantastic Shakedown and you have a 4 star show, typical for the excellent fall 1982 tour. ...
The big one is 06-30-1985 of course, and a lot of folks cite 12-31-1984 and 08-28-1981, but imma gonna give you this one...I love it, great version, one of the best, just as good as all the rest, great jam at the end
Just in case you need a deeper cut, check this one out
the squishy keys jam with the pinched harmonic Garcia mutron licks...
The second "Stand out Show". My adjectival expletive for The Other One makes me think I would have graded this tune performance as at least a "Stand Out for the Year", possibly higher, but I hadn't started grading tunes like that yet.
9. 4/16/84 – Community War Memorial Auditorium, Rochester, NY (Stand out show)
a. Shakedown Street* – Some say the best years for Shakedown are behind the boys. I don’t...
I've been tsunamied at work and have been remiss in my duties in keeping the 1984 Project posts up. Here goes....
Still getting my feet underneath me with my writing style, hadn't quite found a good rhythm yet. It sorta just happened somewhere down the road.
2. 3/29/84 - Marin County Veterans Auditorium, San Rafael, CA
b. Walking The Dog – Mid-80s funkiness. Like the B3 sound from the keys. ...
First Set - Mississippi Half Step-> Hell In A Bucket, West L.A. Fadeaway, Mama Tried-> Big River, Just Like Tom Thumb's Blues, Brown Eyed Women, Tons Of Steel, Might As Well
Second Set - Shakedown Street, Uncle John's Band, Playin' In The Band-> Drums-> Stella Blue-> Turn On Your Love Light
Encore - Touch Of Gray
Performance Notes - First Half Step since 9/9/82, Debut of Tom Thumb's Blues
Not the best show...
I'm not sure what's worthy of an official release but my faves from 1985 include:
Hershey Park 6-28-85 (they'd never put it out because Garcia butchers the lyrics in Terrapin, and there are quite a few sour notes, but it still has a lot of power and passion, I love this show, Music>Tom Thumb, Estimated, Drums, )
6-30-85 Merriweather is consistently excellent throughout, Shakedown!
3-28-85 Nassau superb first set
9-7-85 Red Rocks
re: Well. There you go, standing at the lectern again, thumbing your nose at Robert Plant and saying "I told you so."
Hey, Earl! - gimme that friggin' lectern. Mr Tell knows when to stop deleting me, shouldn't you?
re: Your link to Buddy Miller's interview in Cowboys and Indians magazine
C&I: Who are some of the writers you admired most?
Miller: Hank Williams, of course, but guys that were later like Dallas Frazier and Earl Montgomery and other country writers.
Happy New Year everyone. I hope your 2015 is safe, prosperous, healthy, happy and you are surrounded by those you love.
For anyone who cares, here are my post project thoughts. I'll pick up with individual show postings next year on their respective TDIH and run it until I've posted each show review starting with my first review on 23 June.
When I started this project, I had no idea where it was going to end up. I knew it was going to be a bit of a challenge since I was dropping...
Another 79 gem. First set is nice, indicative of the fresh groove of late 79, Althea is a highlight. Second set opens with one of the best Shakedown Streets, Garcia's use of pinched harmonics with the Mutron pedal coupled with Mydlands synch provide one of the better funk jams of the period...do check out the rest of the show, all is solid and well jammed, hard to find better versions of some of these tunes in 79.
I apologize for trash talking.
Here is my take on 2nd night of Augusta 84
Very nice Matrix of this show:
This review is prompted to defend the honor of this show in much the same way fights in a playground start after someone ranks on someone else's female family members.
I had pretty much assumed that this show was so far ahead of anything else that anyone would want to throw against it from 1984. (Yes, even the Berkeley D....
This was a pretty good show if a little tired and stretched thin. My meta-commentary in the Ship of Fools and He's Gone reviews is full of snark. I invented a new word in Lazy Lightning.....
Samson and Delilah graded as Stand Out for the year.
59. 10/31/84 - Berkeley Community Theater, Berkeley, CA
a. Shakedown Street – Apparently Bobby came to the show dressed as a six pack. An inauspicious start with Jer fumbling the lyrics...
anyone who has read my posts knows i honk on about 10-10-80, so it's time to give thanks to the Dead muse for the bountiful harvest that occurred that day. But it gets better, for whatever reason 10-10...sheer coincidence? numerology at play? on the double 10s the band played some real corkers through their career...the 1968, 1976, 1980, 1981 and 1982 shows are all outstanding, in particular the 1980 and 1982 specimens are perhaps the best shows of those respective years, the '68 is none too...
Spring Tour 1989
This is a really great show. The placement for Foolish heart is after a 2nd set of
Samson, Ship, Playin>Foolish>Drumz
This is a tight Foolish on the instrumental side.
Jerry does mumble a few lines here and there,
The P.I.T.B that precedes the Foolish is very well done and comes full circle which did not happen much in the 80's
(Someone in the reviews said it is the last full...
I just moved out of Louisville, and went and got a pic at Freedom Hall on the anniversary of the show. Great call!
I'm going to go with the birthday show snoori mentioned, the "Scarlet > Fire" from 1978-02-05 (a contender for best ever), the from "Miracle > Shakedown" from 1979-01-15, and Hunter Seamon's matrix of 1973-06-22, which is wall-to-wall highlights and has "Dark Star"-ish jams all over the place ("Bird Song," "PITB," the long...
Probably the best show I witnessed. It was dumping buckets as those guys were fighting. I was sitting about 5 rows in front of the taper swarm - all huddled under plastic sheets. We were out in the wide open just getting soaked. During They Love Each Other, the "lord you can see that its true" line rang like a bell, like never before - a wall of water separated us from them - but the love came pouring through. This show sucked me down the rabbit hole. It had the first shoe...
Just short of being a "Stand out show for the Year"
Cold Rain and Snow and Truckin' were graded as "Stand out for the Year" tunes. Truckin' not for the reason you might think....
43. 7/21/84 – Ventura County Fairgrounds, Ventura, CA
a. Shakedown Street – As in recent shows, some trepidation at the brightness and jangle in the keys, and the immediate chiming we are subjected to. ...
If you are allergic to chimey keys, get your Epi pen out before listening.....
34. 6/30/84 – Indianapolis Sports and Music Center, Indianapolis, IN
a. Tuning – Very sloppy and loose. Precursor weird keys bell chimeys.
b. Jack Straw – The chimes were a bit ominous and threatened to distract, but as the tune got rolling, they faded into the background to an appropriate level. Pace was just a touch fast – clearly an 80s...
I would say that my emersion into the land of the Grateful Dead was a key turning point in my life in that I really felt that it was the road less traveled.
I saw my college friends so wrapped up in their goals and truthfully I just didn't have one single goal at that point. So when I came across the whole Dead scene I was hooked. Go from this city to the next following a rock and roll band with a bunch of other so inclined folks. I feel music with all my being and when the Dead played...
I also have some thoughts about shows from '91, if you care to hear them. In addition to the shows already mentioned (6/14 and 6/17):
Nobody ever puts 3/20/91 in their best of '91 list, but I was there, and it was a phenomenal show, at least for this era. Big first set (first Might as Well in a long while) with a massive Eyes> Foolish anchoring the second.
The 3/31 and 4/1/91 shows in Greensboro are among the best shows of that year. Solid playing with big second set jams.
Hey all. For a while, I've been trying to come up with a list of top dead shows that meet the following requirements:
1) A representative show from each distinct stylistic period.
2) An excellent version of each major set piece song.
3) Only consistently excellent shows.
4) If possible, no more than one show per period.
Unfortunately, I just don't know enough about certain eras, and so I'd appreciate any advice/recommendations. Here's what I've got so far:
1966-67: Goal, midnight hour and...
several lethal chemicals are 'clear'
that doesn't make then 'good'
Scientology is a shakedown 'Cruise'
with high priced/exclusive seating..Mother Hubbard's motto; "never give a sucker an even break"
the best mystical experiences aren't mystical.
LSD is good at removing hallucinations
-it shows how transitory they are.
Scientology can't do that...because it IS a hallucination.
One of the best TLEOs,, very groovy...rest of show is a nice prelude to the monster show the next night...Loser is top notch as well
One of the best first sets of the period, Cumberland and Rooster are dynamite, in Rooster, Weir actually plays a competent and nearly tasty slide solo and gives the baton to Garcia, who just destroys with a knock-out blues...
Red Rocks 1985 last show of the weekend.
I am pretty sure that is when I realized that my 4yr college degree was going to take a tad longer than I had first reckoned.
Also must say somebody played the entire Blind Faith album on the P.A that day.
-September 7, 1985
The Frozen Logger
New Minglewood Blues
Brown Eyed Women
My Brother Esau
Dupree's Diamond Blues
One More Saturday Night
Samson and Delilah
Uncle John's Band
Playin' in the...
In doing the 1981 year in review, I happened upon this little 12 and a half long monster, tucked into a show known more for the extended Shakedown Street...easily the best version of the 80s I've heard...
Jack Straw, They Love Each Other, Me & My Uncle-> Big River, Althea-> Little Red Rooster, Brown Eyed Women, Let It Grow-> China Cat Sunflower-> I Know You Rider
Shakedown Street, Lost Sailor->...
Let us bask in all the delights this day has to offer...One of the better days in Dead history and a personal favorite anniversary day...the 1968, 1976, 1980, 1981 and 1982 shows are all outstanding, in particular the 1980 and 1982 specimens are perhaps the best shows of those respective years, the '68 is none too shabby and the '76 show rocks...pick your poison below...
10-10-1968...Mickey and the Hartbeats...Matrix...typical blazing psychadelic jams...hard to split this set up as distinct...
I'm pretty familiar with most of those except for the first one, which I'll have to check out. I always wish that they had played Terrapin that way (without Lady with a Fan) more often. LwaF can be pretty long and draggy without much good jamming but i do really love the Terrapin Station part of the song.
Here are a few other unusual but great segues:
Spanish Jam>U.S. Blues
Well, I’m back from the Lockn’ Festival out in Nelson County, VA. First year festival with an ambitious artist lineup. I was lucky in that a free 4 day pass fell into my lap – I was Staff and was helping out with the Klean Kanteen folks out of Chico, CA. More on KK later.
I got there Wednesday afternoon and am thankful I did. Despite elaborate traffic control plans, that in theory would have worked, all it takes is one overzealous VA State Trooper to start directing traffic into a...
...was working as News Director at a small AAA format radio station, doubling sometimes as a DJ, playing the Dead whenever I could sneak it in...saw an item move across the AP wire on an old teletype machine...no one there but me at the time...stared at the single line, which was cold and impersonal and said something along the lines of "Guitarist Jerry Garcia found dead at rehab facility in California."
Read it 5 or 6 times, looking for some clue that it was a mistake. Details...
August 3, 1982 - One of the best 1982 shows. Source wise, All the sources are patchy or incomplete, this Miller edit is good and once we get through the first few tunes that have a majority old audience patch, the sbd comes through nice and clear. Half Step suffers from the patches and slight mix fluctuations, but is good otherwise, Franklins is jammy, Peggy-O and El Paso are professional, Cumberland starts to heat things up, the rest of the set, and particularly Althea, are well done,...
I should have mentioned too that I have 9/10/91 in my top 3 shows for the 90's...It's a lesser-appreciated Branford performance but the Shakedown is terrific and the Takes a Lot to laugh is especially fine--maybe the best they ever did. Jerry sings it really REALLY well. Pretty hot H>S>F also.
byRBNW....new and improved!
on Jun 30, 2013 5:44pm in GratefulDead
i love shit like this....
Reviewer: 2dose - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - October 9, 2012
Subject: Summer of 85 Rocked
This was the best show of the summer. I remember how mellow the vibe was before the show started but the excitement was in the air. The circus was in town and the locals were overtaken by it across the highway at the local mall. Heads had abandoned there cars everywhere along the road leading to the pavilion...
This show epitomizes the 1985 sound and vibe, the sbd is thick and fat, the bass is tubby. The first set setlist is quite uncompelling, but the playing is good, but the lack of real jamming numbers, is a short coming. The second set leads with some Weir loopiness as he whispers "Harry" into the mic a few times during the Shakedown wind up into the intro. This version of Shakedown Street is outstanding, nice climactic jam showcases some nice Garcia R&B chord licks and funky...
1986 – 12 Shows
2-9-86 He's Gone > Smokestack > Comes a Time > Drums [8:06] > Space [4:21] > The Other One [6:20] > Wharf Rat > A&A > Good Lovin
3-23-86 He's Gone > Spoonful > Drums [11:47] > Space [7:24] > The Other One [6:43] > Comes a Time > Good Lovin [AUD]
4-3-86 Uncle John > Playing > Don’t Need Love > Drums [8:35] > Space [6:00] > The Other One [6:47] > Wharf Rat > A&A > NFA
4-12-86 Estimated > Eyes >...
This is one of the best 1981 shows. First set is well played. Every song is worth a listen from track 2 on, The Jack Straw opener is part aud part sbd and the levels take a while to get perfect, Garcia's guitar is virtually non existent for most of it, by the closing jam, things are better. The sound is fine by the next song TLEO, which is strong, Althea is another great 81 version (despite Garcia turning to mumbly Joe for a lyric), Rooster showcases Weir playing the slide guitar with about 60%...
Here you go u -
As you can see I listed show, link to source and the extracted comments. I also provided a few examples of where the chimey, jangle thing worked, but the overwhelming majority of chimes resulted in a huge suck factor for the songs they were used in.
4/23/84 - Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum, New Haven, CT
c. Cassidy* – Subtle shift to less B3, a little more jangle, but the keys sound good. ...
One of the best shows from 1981, this is also one of the more balanced sbds of the year. 1981 was a very strong year for first sets, shows often had 10-12 tunes in the first set, many unusual segues, a lot of set closing China>Riders, the show is overall a great show, Big River is hotter than a glass bowl after the third hit, Althea is top notch, Let It Grow is eco friendly...second set features a very strong Shakedown opener to refresh the funk of the show opening Stranger...Garcia rips a...
OK, it was 30 years ago today...
I was only a teenager far from home who found himself with a ticket (face price of which was only $10.50), some new thing called a hacky-sack, and a doobie (yes, I said doobie).
It was a Saturday afternoon. I was from the east coast and I had never been to California, let alone Berkeley. I met some guy named Mikio selling shirts, I liked his stuff so I bought one. The show started at 5 PM in the sunny afternoon, and opened with a rousing Stranger into a sweet...
Here you go. Rather than clog up the threads with everything I've written so far, I will just post one or two. Don't remember if I posted 4/16 or not, but here it is.
"9. 4/16/84* – Community War Memorial Auditorium, Rochester, NY
(Stand out show)
a. Shakedown Street* – Some say the best years for Shakedown are behind the boys. I don’t think so. Jerry just rips all through the song, but really cuts...
The Post Retirement Keith and Donna line up Era
Inspired by Grendels thread, let's take a look at the final 2.5 plus years of touring the with the Grateful Dead's Keith and Donna line -up, the formal return of Mickey Hart and three albums of new material (Blues For Allah, Terrapin Station, Shakedown Street, four if you throw in Garcia's 76 Reflections album with 4 Dead tunes). Regarding 1975, 08-13-75 and 09-28-75 both deserve recognition as great live performances in their own right,, but...
Fantastic and comprehensive list, Stratocaster. When I have more time to review I may add another show or 2, tho' it's hard to see holes in this 15.
One I would add off the top, tho', is 1/10/79, one of I think the last great Keith/Donna shows, featuring a truly funky "Shakedown" with incredible outro guitar jam by Jerry, and a best-all-time nominee "Miracle" that is flawless and features a much longer outro jam section by Jerry than usually heard. And of course you get a...
Being in many Dead cover bands over the years I cant say
anything. But I did catch Shakedown Street at Quixotes
a few times.
They fuckin rock imo. It was a night I will never remember,
I mean forget.
Still like Sancho's Broken Arrow the best though. Best juke
box in the country...
I thought this show would be good because I'm a big fan of everyone involved but I had no idea what I was getting into when I put this one on to play.
Incredibly exectued from start to finish, not only is the playing really good (and hot!) but each song has plenty of surprises. C.f. the spacey jam in Althea between the bridge and the last verse. New textures, sounds and riffs abound! A fresh take on the dead indeed.
I hesitate to pick out highlights because everything is so good but a few...
One of the best TLEOs,, very groovy...rest of show is a nice prelude to the monster show the next night...
One of the best first sets of the period, Cumberland and Rooster are dynamite, in Rooster, Weir actually plays a competent and nearly tasty slide solo and gives the baton to Garcia, who just destroys with a knock-out blues solo, worth a listen...Dire Wolf, Althea...
#1 All Time Knockin’ in my book - 7/6/87 - with the Nevilles
Best Ive ever heard.
F*cking love this show. Jerry was back and playing with purpose….. I had a long talk with an old friend this past summer about this one as he was there. The funny thing was, it wasn’t the Shakedown, or even the whole Neville's chunk - it was the space that freaked him the hell out and he remembered the most....He described it as the this buzzing distortion sounding like bees or bugs or some shit and was...
A great one for the '85 fans.
A second set in company with River Bend and Merriweather for best of the year.
Love the CM source (taped by Joani Walker and Paul Scotton) and the set list that mostly delivers.
Top notch versions of Shakedown and She Belongs To Me, maybe the best Walking The Dog.
I prefer the Dayton show, but this one isn't bad.
03-02-81 - Cleveland Music Hall, Cleveland, OH
1: Shakedown Street, Minglewood Blues, Dire Wolf, Cassidy, Althea, El Paso, Jack A Roe, Lazy Lightning> Supplication, Don't Ease Me In> Promised Land
2: Ramble On Rose, Playin' in the Band-> China Doll> PITB jam> Drums> Space> Playin' in the Band> The Wheel> Around & Around> Johnny B. Goode, E: U.S. Blues
One of the better days in Dead history...the 1968, 1976, 1980, 1981 and 1982 shows are all outstanding, in particular the 1980 and 1982 specimens are perhaps the best shows of those respective years, the '68 is none too shabby...pick your poison below...
10-10-1968...Mickey and the Hartbeats...Matrix...typical blazing psychadelic jams...hard to split this set up as distinct songs per say, mostly jams, check it out, it's a formative period of the core of the...
Mother Grumble: How much do you feel you should be involved with the society you're living in, that is, contributing to it?
Garcia: Well ... I don't ... there are certain kinds of social obligations which we observe at home, for example, if there's somebody who needs a benefit you know ... we've done benefits for the Black Panthers at various times ... we try not to approach things on that level if we can avoid it because really the one thing we've really got to offer - it's not money, it's...
This is what I have (I just dont know how to get it to you).
There is an addy at the bottom. Hope they dont mind you axing. I waited to try to bury this post so, let me know when you get it so I can erase a few things (email addy). THX
ENJoY. If worst comes to worst, I can burn discs for you.
Its 1.66 GBs, soooo.... Look to me like its off LL.
Edit~ could be bt.etree. You might wanna look.
I could be incorrect. Thats ALWAYS a possibility;)
peace and good luck Taper...
Ask dark.starz/kochman. I'm sure he has some more recommendations.
Anyway, the first one that comes to mind for me is this outstanding Shakedown:
This post was modified by rdenirojb87 on 2012-09-19 16:39:01
byRBNW....new and improved!
on Sep 4, 2012 7:18am in GratefulDead
Grateful Dead Songs
Alice D Millionaire
At A Siding
Attics Of My Life
Barbed Wire Whipping Party
Believe It Or Not
Black Throated Wind
Black Muddy River
Blues For Allah
Bob Star see Little Star
Born Cross Eyed
Box Of Rain
Brown Eyed Women
Built To Last
Can't Come Down
Cardboard Cowboy see No Left Turn Unstoned
Caution (Do Not Stop On Tracks)
Another one I love is 11/24/78. Around the 1:49:50 mark in the video you can see Bobby look over at Phil and mouth the words, "What's he doing?" to Phil. What he's doing is transitioning into Shakedown.
I recorded it using CDWAV, zits & all from The Wheel on. Not the best quality, (dropout/saturation-wise) but it is more than listenable. It is 4 CDs worth w/o the opening (or the >Althea) or 1 CD (~600 MB) 256kb MP3.
What's the best free upload site these days? I guess that I could upload it there since it is freely available - if doing so creates is a copyright problem, somebody please reply & let me know
The Wheel > Cumberland Blues (Phil Lesh, Bob Weir, Donna Jean...
Excellent show, and a good sbd for '82. Great 1st set, and an even better 2nd set of course.
A very nice Half-Step>Franklin's opener.
Minglewood smokes, Jerry's playing in Peggy-O is gorgeous.
Cumberland Blues is one of the best I've heard from the '80s. Almost sounds like it's from the '70s!
The rest of the 1st set is very good too.
A hot Shakedown starts the 2nd set.
Samson rips, To Lay Me Down is amazing.
Great show. The SBD doesn't really capture the way the sound bounced around Soldier Field. But there is a decent audience recording that sounds amazing considering that he didn't set up his full rig.
The winds were howling on that chilly summer evening. I think a lot of Chicago-land Deadheads weren't prepared for the tempestuous weather. Between Shakedown and Let It Grow, I think it might be the best first set I ever saw.
It's good stuff. I was at the second night of this run 5/14/83
It is still one of the best "gotta poke around" versions of Shakedown I have ever heard. I was a 15 year old kid thousands of miles from home. Bought my first Mikio shirt (Lady with a Fan). The show started at 5:00 in the afternoon with a cool breeze and a nice view.
All good suggestions, but for me, 12/28/78 takes the Shakedown prize. Supremely, supremely funky. Everything just clicks. Phil is dropping great bombs, Bob's chords are perfectly wah-wah'ed, and Jerry's Mutron is smoking. Even Keith's piano comping is spot on. Check it out.
only one person mentions 6-30-85?
certainly check out that one. Its full of really excellent jamming from the whole crew and certainly a unique version. I know of no better version, but there are a lot of good jams out there.
I also enjoy 1989-07-09 a lot, not as epic as 6-30-85, but probably my favorite "textbook" shakedown.
Didn't we just have a best-of shakedown thread about one month ago?
I have been challenging myself to listen to every version that are recommended. I remember the tops my list
So, I'm putting together a personal compilation of favorite versions of Jerry tunes...I'd greatly appreciate if folks could give me feedback with their favorite versions (or if you prefer, 'best' version) of 'shakedown...'
So far, in the 'running' are:
• 4/17/82 from Hartford (a personal favorite)
• 11/29/80 (Florida, I think)
• I think there may be a good version on the commercially released, ‘Go To Nassau?’
Again your input is appreciated :~)
I saw the last night on Saturday. I like this lineup. It was not the best Phil and Friends show I had ever seen, but it was a fun night. The first set was really good and strong. The second set was a little slow with a lot of jazzy improv stuff, still good but not my thing. I was looking for more of old Dead tunes. Phil just keeps playing bass better every year, WOW. Jackie has his place with these guys, you can tell he really likes playing with Phil and respects him. Jeff on keyboard it does...
4/6 is my favorite as well. jerry kills it. very funky. 6/30/85 has that nice ascending synth/guitar moment at the end of the jam (which is awesome), and there are plenty of other good versions, but i just love some of jerry's runs from philly so much. am not familiar with some of stratocaster's picks though- will have to check them out.
good one, but not the best...04-17-1982 is another interesting one from that period...
As far as the best versions...06-30-1985, 12-05-1979, 05-16-1981, 12-31-1984, 08-27-1981 is a good list to start with...
I've never heard Jerry and Brent do an extended call-and-response like on this version. It starts with one bar each, then Jerry switches it to two bars. Funky and thoroughly enjoyable. Finally after about 2 min, Jerry cuts it off and starts the "regular" part of the jam that blows away most other versions. It's long enough to be a complete Shakedown jam on its own.
There's one of my favorite Spaces on this...
Who wants to interview me - together with Bill Gadsden and Charlie Miller?• the Fillmore East broom closet tapes - GD & NRPS, April-run, 1971 - circulated by Bill GadsdenNRPS w/Jer at Fillmore East - April 25 - 29, 1971I have always been a big fan of this great run. ("Ladies and Gentlemen... The Grateful Dead") I've had my taper copies of the Jer and Duane tracks (BIODTL and Sugar Magnolia) ever since the day Jimmy Watson let me dub from his copies in 1972. These tapes were...
"Rock and Roll" (which is the best genre to include our beloved band) owes its existence to an amalgamation of many kinds of music: blues, jazz, country/western, symphonic/orchestral, disco, etc. The vitriol against disco is interesting, but how does it differ from a Stones fanatic hearing C&W-influenced songs on Beggar's Banquet or Let It Bleed? Or every Beatles fan listening to Seargent Pepper for the first time? A true Stones fan with an open mind kept listening and embraced...
It's no secret that the Dead had a soft spot for disco (many of you have read the story about Jerry and Micky calling a band meeting just to show the others how to dance like they just saw in in Saturday Night Fever, which they loved. This is apparently a true story, told in the reissue of Shakedown Street).
Anyway, I've thought this for a while, so please tell me I'm not imagining things:
I take note of this whenever I hear it, but I never write down the date. But I swear that in some...
I'll take just about any Brown Eyed Women from 1983 over any pre hiatus version. Jerry extends the solos which more than makes up for the drawbacks that you mention. examples would be 10-15-83, 9-2-83, 8-27-83.
As for being the best DPs, I'm in agreement with you although I do like the 2nd set from this show. I've always liked the Shakedown-Uncle encore, and there's some decent jamming on Estimated, typical for 1979.
byRBNW....new and improved!
on Nov 14, 2011 6:14am in GratefulDead
great recommendation !!! one of the best shows i attended!! wish the whole show was found here http://www.archive.org/details/gd1981-03-13.set1.sbd.digitalrbb.miller.112659.flac16 this music never stopped is amongst the best!!!
This post was modified by RBNW....new and improved! on 2011-11-14 14:14:07
Althea debut was 8-4-79
Shakedown's was 8-31-78
Still in the '70's. So hard to pull away!
http://tinyurl.com/3ohlhjm (must listen to, an All-Time 1st set)
http://tinyurl.com/3td9k98 (one version of many favs, like the fall of '79)
My fave debuts in the last half,
Black Muddy River
Liberty (more lyrics than performance)
Mr Fantasy (best new cover)
So Many Roads (if only for Chicago alone)
Feel Like A Stranger
VOJ- (best Dylan...
That's the version I was going to recommend. There's a certain show I have with Warren where they just nail that song, I believe it goes for over 10 min. I'll try to find it later. Warren did some great work with Phil.
try this Lazy River Road:
beautiful Standing On The Moon:
shakedown debuted in before the 80's but you said you love it so here's some...
bychris in long beach
on Sep 21, 2011 8:41pm in GratefulDead
I don't get into the 80's and beyond because there's just too much great stuff from the 70's to check out. I'm still not really interested in checking out entire shows, but would like to hear a few select songs.
I'm mostly interested in originals, but new covers could be interesting as well.
I'd also like to see your favorite versions (links would be appreciated!).
Here are a few songs I know (I'd love links for these as well):
Althea (Love this song)
Shakedown Street (same)
I think the age thing is correct to some degree.
Although me and my friend are the same age and went to shows together starting in 90. We're mid-30's.
The first Dead I heard was Live Dead and Anthem of the Sun.
My friend began with the later material like Terrapin Station, Shakedown Street and Touch of Grey.
We differ in every respect when it comes to what the Grateful Dead is to us.
He likes the digital dead of the 89-95 years and actually believes he saw some truly great shows.
my top 5
5 (12/26/79) - excellent UJB and shakedown>UJB reprise encore.
12 (6/26-28/74) - epic chinacat intro and really amazing LIG jam.
18 (2/3-5/78) - has my favorite keith-era scarlet>fire.
28 (2/26-28/73) - probably my most listened to. super tight and energetic.
31 (8/4-6/74) - more amazing summer '74. 4 discs worth.
and it isn't a dick's pick, but i love "one from the vault" as well.
Someone already mentioned St Steve> Eleven
I've got a soft spot from some of those NFA> Stephen reprise transitions, especially the ones uninterrupted by drum solos. 2/4/70? 2/8/70? Awesome. Or for another example of a very different but equally impressive Stephen> NFA transition try 9/30/76. They weave together St Steve and NFA with an extended bit of sweet jamming that produces a fired-up version of NFA.
Oh, and I feel like I just mentioned this somewhere else, but one of the best...
11.29.80 Alligator Alley Shakedown>Franklin's http://www.archive.org/details/gd1980-11-29.beyerm160.wise.miller.101722.flac16
10.8.83 Richmond Sugar Mag Tease>Good Lovin' http://www.archive.org/details/gd1983-10-08.senn441.silberman.miller.97883.sbeok.flac16
3.21.86 Hampton Supplication-> Let It Grow http://www.archive.org/details/gd1986-03-21.nak300.damico.87638.flac16
I think that few would be disappointed in listening to these...
My quick take on the previous 3 -
Hershey I did not enjoy all that much. The Dew kind of saved the show, but the set-list was not great, and the playing was on the flat side. A brutal day as well back in '85. First set from 6-30 is weak, but I agree with strat, a good 2nd. Shakedown, He's Gone, and TOO are all best of '85 versions (I know, means nothing to some).
07/01/85 is the best of the three imo. Dancin was a fun way to start those '85 shows, as lackluster as it was. Stagger is also...
Not really with you on this review my good man, first set is all right, second set is very good...Shakedown is awesome, my favorite version, I've heard them all, very few other versions are even in the discussion...Samson is one of the best versions and I do hear a bit of this high hat (check your equalizer) in Hes Gone, it's not enough to distract when you have Garcia's thick glub glub taffy picking going on...Cryptically is better on the outro, they butchered this song in 85...back side of...